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IPL 2021: Greame Smith on South Africa players continuing – It’s in their hands to make a choice

IPL 2021: As many as 11 South Africa players are part of the T20 league in India, which has been jolted by the Covid-19 scare. Two KKR players and a support staff of CSK tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

Faf du Plessis is part of the Chennai Super Kings camp which reported a positive Covid-19 case on Monday (Courtesy of BCCi)

Faf du Plessis is part of the Chennai Super Kings camp which reported a positive Covid-19 case on Monday (Courtesy of BCCi)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two KKR players and a CSK support staff tested Covid-19 positive on Monday
  • As many as 11 South Africa players feature in IPL 2021
  • Grame Smith said CSA has offered support and assistance to SA players in the IPL

South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith on Monday said that the country’s cricket board has offered support to their players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 after positive Covid-19 cases were reported in the league. However, Smith said the players have been given the choice to decide about their stay in India, which has been badly hit by the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

There are as many as 11 South African players featuring in the IPL. None of them are part of Kolkata Knight Riders who had two positive Covid-19 cases on Monday. However, the likes of Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir are part of Chennai Super Kings whose bowling coach L Balaji tested positive on Monday.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the BCCI has asked Delhi Capitals to isolate themselves after their match against KKR on April 29. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are integral members of the Delhi unit, which is at the top of the IPL 2021 points table.

“We’ve offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them should there be any concerns,” Cricket SA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.

“Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a choice (continued participation).”

Notably, as many as 3 Australian players left India before the Australian government closed its borders for citizens heading back from India in a much-criticised move. New Zealand has also banned flights from India but South Africa has kept its borders open with travellers needing to submit a negative test report within 72 hours of travelling.

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